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Spare Change

Spare Change

| 7 min

This animation short by Ryan Larkin (Walking, Street Musique, etc.) recounts some “comical experiences” Larkin had during his many years as a panhandler in Montreal. It tells the story of Astral Pan, a street beggar (voiced by Larkin himself), who takes us on a wild journey from the sidewalks of a wintry Montreal day, to the gates of Heaven and Hell and back. The great filmmaker passed away before finishing his film. Spare Change was completed by a friend, producer and singer-songwriter Laurie Gordon, assisted by a team of young, devoted animators.

Original music by Laurie Gordon's band Chiwawa, featuring the single "Do It For Me."

  • writer
    Ryan Larkin
  • initial direction
    Ryan Larkin
  • design
    Ryan Larkin
  • animation
    Ryan Larkin
  • co-director
    Laurie Gordon
  • design - collaboration
    Éric Lepage
    Yin Ko Lee
    Tom Tassel
  • animation - collaboration
    Éric Lepage
    Yin Ko Lee
    Tom Tassel
  • music
  • sound design
  • producer
    Laurie Gordon
    Marcy Page
  • executive producer
    David Verrall
  • consulting producer
    Craig Graham
  • digital imaging
    Randall Finnerty
  • digital imaging - assistance
    Sarah Marchand
  • digital imaging consultation
    Susan Gourley
  • watercolours
    Kristina Berey
  • voice
    Ryan Larkin
    Krassy Halatchev
    Laurie Gordon
  • recording
    Satellite Records Canada
  • re-recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • live-action cinematography
    Ryan Larkin
  • online editing
    Yannick Carrier
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
  • marketing
    Mia Desroches
  • administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
  • production coordination
    Marie-Christine Nadon


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Ages 16 to 17

Family Studies/Home Economics - Feminism
Family Studies/Home Economics - Housing
History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Before viewing, ask students to brainstorm attitudes to homeless people and panhandling. After viewing, they can assess the film's effect on their perspectives, research related issues, and debate viewpoints. Ask writing students to respond to theme or images, in poetry. Have media and film students examine the drawing and sound techniques, and create a very short animation on any theme, using manual or digital flipbook, or other digital animation.

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